Containerized exports from North America to Central and South America inched up to 177,200 20-foot-equivalent units in March 2013, according to data from Container Trades Statistics Ltd. This followed six months of year-over-year declines in this lane.
North America to Far East Asia
North America exported 694,100 TEUs to Far East Asia in March 2013, down 3.6 percent from the volume in March 2012. The last 4 months in this lane have shown mixed shifts year-over-year, however the seven months prior saw declines of over 10 percent each month. There was a 3.8 percent jump in volume from February to March this year. The first quarter of 2013 saw a 2 percent volume decline year-over-year, to 1,996,600 TEUs. The CTS rate index rose 1 point to 83 in March.
North America to Australasia/Oceania
Containerized trade from North America to Australasia/Oceania fell to 26,500 TEUs in March 2013, down 1.5 percent year-over-year and 13 percent below February 2013. This is the first month-to-month increase since October 2012 in this lane. Exports from North America to the region through March 2013 totaled 76,500 TEUs, down 3 percent year-over-year. The CTS index slipped 2 points in March, down to 95.
North America to Europe
Exports from North America to Europe edged up 0.2 percent year-over-year to 251,300 TEUs in March 2013. Export volume was also up 8 percent from February. In the first three months of 2013, exports from North America to Europe increased 0.6 percent year-over-year, to 698,500 TEUs. The CTS index of rates in this trade lane rose from 95 in February to 96 in March.
North America to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized trade in this lane in March increased 3.8 percent year-over-year and jumped 17.5 percent month-to-month to 98,900 TEUs. In the first quarter of 2013, exports from North America rose 1 percent from the level seen during the same period in 2012, reaching 264,500 TEUs. The CTS price index remained at 83 in March.
North America to South/Central America
North American exports to South and Central America inched up 0.1 percent from the level seen in March 2012, but jumped 14.5 percent from February 2013. This was the first year-over-year increase since August 2012, albeit small. In the first three months of 2013, exports from North America in this lane fell 5.2 percent year-over-year to 476,000 TEUs. Rates as tracked by CTS remained at 105 in March.
North America to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade from North America to sub-Saharan Africa declined 6.2 percent year-over-year but increased roughly 12 percent month-to-month in March 2013 to 30,300 TEUs. Thus far in 2013, exports from North America to sub-Saharan Africa are down 2.8 percent from the same three months in 2012, to 84,000 TEUs. Rates in this market rose 1 point to 84 in March.